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More Facebook Changes

There seem to be more Facebook changes lately than we can keep up with but they have made some very big changes lately and all of them effect those of us who do business on Facebook.

The latest change is in regards to the Facebook comments plugin. You can add this plugin to your blog or website and it will allow your audience to leave comments on your site using their Facebook profile. After commenting, the user can then choose to publish their comment on to…

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Added by Alaina Forbes on March 12, 2011 at 11:13pm — No Comments

Starting a Virtual Assistant Business

There are several companies out there that will hire you to work from home as a virtual assistant if you have secretarial or administrative assistant experience. If you have the  time to spend to promote your business to get it up and running you will make more by starting your own business as a virtual assistant.

  • If you don’t have enough experience or feel like your experiences could use a boost or would like to add a specialty to your experience,…
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Added by Alaina Forbes on March 12, 2011 at 11:12pm — No Comments

Business Resources

So earlier this week I share my list of resources for those of you starting up a blog to go along with your business or maybe for some of you, your blog is your business. Today I wanted to share some of the resources I have found the most helpful for business owners in general. Many times when you are running a small business you don’t have the money to hire someone to handle little departments within your business such as the tech side, social media, human…

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Added by Alaina Forbes on March 4, 2011 at 5:59pm — No Comments

New Facebook Changes

There have been several new changes on Facebook lately both on personal and fan pages. The layout of fan pages has been changed to resemble the changes made on personal profile pages a couple months back. The biggest change on the fan pages is a little option you will notice over on the right hand side that you can “use Facebook as” whatever the title of your fan page is. Prior to this it was easy to post on your own fan page as your business entity but if you…

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Added by Alaina Forbes on March 1, 2011 at 12:17am — No Comments

New Google Ranking Factors

Back in the spring of 2010, Google had announced that it was not factoring in links shared through social media sites such as Facebook or Twitter in to its rankings. Recently however, Google has changed its mind. These links shared through users on social media sites now have a direct impact on your rankings. Google has said that it will factor in the authority of the person posting the link to decide how much the link will count.Social authority is designated…

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Added by Alaina Forbes on March 1, 2011 at 12:16am — No Comments

Using Stumble Upon

When I first started using social media, Facebook came easy. It is pretty self explanatory and easy to network with others with like interests. Twitter came next and although it looked confusing and overwhelming at first, once you dive in, it really is easy. StumbleUpon is one that I looked at several times and just could not seem to be able to figure out how to use it to its highest benefit. I kind of gave up on it at first until person after person continued to tell me that some of their…

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Added by Alaina Forbes on March 1, 2011 at 12:14am — No Comments

Women's Procurement Program

The U.S. Small Business Administration came through for women in small business this past Friday by opening up a program called the Women’s Procurement Program which set aside $30 billion dollars in federal funds to be available specifically for women owned small business contracts. This is a big opportunity for women owned small businesses and to see if you meet the qualifications you first have to have a business that is mostly(at least 51%) owned and operated by a woman or women who are U.S.… Continue

Added by Alaina Forbes on February 16, 2011 at 5:56pm — No Comments

Happy Valentines Day Copreneurs

Happy Valentines Day to all of you out there. Marriage and relationships in general take a lot of work to keep them going strong. Starting up a business takes a lot of work and dedication as well. Running a business well combined with also maintaining the relationships in your life is even more work, which leads me to an article I ran across this morning that reported that one third of all family businesses are run by a husband and wife team. Talk about stress in a marriage. I think running a… Continue

Added by Alaina Forbes on February 14, 2011 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Common SEO Mistakes

When it comes to SEO I am still learning, so this post is for me as much as it is for you. I recently read an article regarding common SEO mistakes and wanted to share them with you. The first point brought up in the article is the importance of title tags and using unique title tags for each page on your site. For those of you who use WordPress like me, there is a…

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Added by Alaina Forbes on February 5, 2011 at 11:47pm — No Comments

Social Network Demographics

Facebook started with the college crowd and in the beginning it was a social scene for the young who were mortified when their parents and grandparents alike began appearing on Facebook. Since then, Facebook has not only grown in to a social network for all ages but has turned in to a huge networking arena for businesses, not just a playground for college kids.

A recent survey by…

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Added by Alaina Forbes on February 5, 2011 at 11:46pm — No Comments

Social Network Demographics

Facebook started with the college crowd and in the beginning it was a social scene for the young who were mortified when their parents and grandparents alike began appearing on Facebook. Since then, Facebook has not only grown in to a social network for all ages but has turned in to a huge networking arena for businesses, not just a playground for college kids.

A recent survey by…

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Added by Alaina Forbes on February 5, 2011 at 11:46pm — No Comments

What is your Influence?

For those of you small business owners out there who are involved in social media, there are several recent online tools that claim to be able to evaluate your influence you have across social media.

Klout claims to be able to measure your overall online influence, giving you a score from 1 to 100. The score will continue to adjust as it tracks your activity. The way it works is by using 35 variables across Facebook and Twitter to evaluate your True…

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Added by Alaina Forbes on January 17, 2011 at 11:45pm — No Comments

WordPress Plug-Ins

For all you bloggers out there I thought I would share these valuable plug ins for Wordpress that are very important for social media use. Putting all that work in to creating a blog post does not get you very

far if you can not get that content out to people. Allowing your blog

post to be shared by others is vital. Start with the basics and ensure

that your blog post can be shared on Twitter and Facebook. Plug Ins

allow you to add bookmarks that will allow your readers…

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Added by Alaina Forbes on January 4, 2011 at 12:16am — No Comments

Women Reign Supreme When It Comes To Social Media

I have run across several articles lately based on this recent research study by  The Guardian Life Small Business Research Institute. Their study showed that women business owners value social media three times more than their male counterparts. I thought this was very interesting and it made me think that women, in general, like to socialize more than men from my experience and so…

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Added by Alaina Forbes on January 4, 2011 at 12:00am — No Comments

Important Women to Follow on Twitter

Granted these lists are not the be-all, end-all and there is always someone missing from the list that you think should be on there but I think there is also a lot to learn from the women on these lists. Forbes magazine has come out with several lists during the past year of women you should be following on twitter. If you are a woman entrepreneur and involved in social media, there is probably a lot you can learn from these women.…

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Added by Alaina Forbes on December 20, 2010 at 7:51pm — No Comments

The Difference Between a Work From Home Job and a Work From Home Business

This is one of the most frequent questions I get asked. The main thing to know about this is a work-from-home job should not have much out of pocket costs to get started. Because you work as an independent contractor, companies are allowed to charge you fees for the drug tests or background check but there should be no other fees involved and these fees should be minimal. A job should pay you by the hour or the minute or sometimes by the entry if it is a data entry or transcription type of…

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Added by Alaina Forbes on December 20, 2010 at 7:48pm — No Comments

Different Types of Work From Home Jobs

For those just getting started looking for a work from home jobs, you should first decide what kind of work you might be interested in doing. Work from home jobs fall into several main categories for the most part and some may not be a good fit for you or your schedule. Virtual call center jobs are one of the most popular types of work from home jobs and there are many companies who hire for this but most of them require you to commit to a fixed schedule and have a quiet background with no…

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Added by Alaina Forbes on December 13, 2010 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Mystery Shopping

Mystery Shopping is one way Moms can make extra money and many times it is by visiting places that you already visit on a regular basis. Grocery stores, banks, hair salons, restaurants, fast food, concerts and baseball games are all places that have mystery shoppers. When I used to do mystery shopping I tried to schedule my shops for when I would normally need to run those types of errands. If you need to go to the grocery store then why not make an extra $20 while you are there? Mystery… Continue

Added by Alaina Forbes on November 30, 2010 at 4:08pm — No Comments

Work From Home Scams

When you first start looking for a work from home job it may be a little intimidating. Just Craigslist alone has so many telecommuting jobs listed it is hard to sort through what is

real and what is a scam. Here are some things to watch for when

searching for a legitimate work from home job.

Does the job ask for your resume or application?

If the company seems very uninterested in your background or…
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Added by Alaina Forbes on November 30, 2010 at 4:00pm — No Comments

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